Ducks and Cows

Tuesday, August 1st 2017

Today being Tuesday was a volunteer day. The sun shone for much of it which made a nice change and reminded us that perhaps summer is not entirely over. Outside the volunteers set to work with strimmers and mowers and cut back overhanging vegetation.

In the field centre the cupboards in the classroom were given a spring clean by Colin and Bob.

Back outside, the staff and volunteers spent a lot of time trying to move our three Dexter cows from Plovers Pool to the Wetland. Being fairly small they should have been easy to move, but being rather tame, they were unwilling to budge. Coaxing, offering food and even shouting at them had no effect although they were keen to follow whilst hanging on to the end of a carrot!

At the end of the day the cows had won, and continued to reside happily in the Plovers Pool field. We left the Wetland gate open, in the hopes that they might suddenly decide the grass looked greener on the other side and make their own way there.

Elsewhere on the reserve, we had some new arrivals. Sophie has been hand rearing four mallard chicks that she rescued as day old chicks after their mother was hit by a car on the road.

Now fully grown, several months later, today they were released at Foxglove and spent a happy afternoon dabbling on the lake.

We think they will settle in well in their new home.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out today.


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